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'You don’t help the people, we going to get hang' - Hon Vanterpool

- says the people of the territory are suffering & the members of the House are refusing help
Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), Minister Communication and Works, told the House of Assembly during his contribution that if the people of the territory does not receive the needed help, they will 'hang' them, while adding that the members should not turn away the help from the United Kingdom (UK). Photo: VINO/File
The House of Assembly (HoA) is set to resume today, Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Photo: VINO/File
The House of Assembly (HoA) is set to resume today, Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Photo: VINO/File
Following the hurricanes of September 2017, roads are still in deplorable conditions making it difficult for motorist to traverse on a daily basis. Photo: VINO/File
Following the hurricanes of September 2017, roads are still in deplorable conditions making it difficult for motorist to traverse on a daily basis. Photo: VINO/File
Following the hurricanes of September 2017, persons are still not able to fix their apartments and some are still left homeless. Photo: VINO/File
Following the hurricanes of September 2017, persons are still not able to fix their apartments and some are still left homeless. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the members of the House of Assembly (HoA) are in a heated debate over the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency Act 2018, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), Minister Communication and Works, told the House during his contribution that if the people of the territory does not receive the needed help, they will “hang” them, while adding that the members should not turn away the help from the United Kingdom (UK).

He was at the time speaking at the continuation of the Third Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on Friday, March 23, 2018, during his contribution to the proposed Bill.

“We are in a situation right now right here that needs urgent attention right now and right here. It’s knocking on our doors Madam Speaker. Ask and it shall be given. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be open unto you. We have asked. We have sought. The door is open but yet we don’t want to enter in. What is wrong with us? I ain’t going back nowhere Madam Speaker. I’m not going back in slavery. I know what happen back then and I’m not going back to Arthur Hodge. He get hang. This Arthur Hodge situation is right here now. You don’t help the people, we going to get hang. We done getting hang. We hear talking nonsense, the people will hang us. We are going to be the Arthur Hodge’s if we don’t help our people,” explained the communication and works minister.

In addition, Hon Vanterpool indicated that the people need to “hang” the members of the House because he believes they are “talking stupidness” and refusing to take the money and the people of the territory are suffering.

He reiterated, “They need to hang us if we here talking stupidness if we don’t take the money and help the people to bring back this place to what it supposed to be. They need to hang us. I want to express my point of view. I want to express what’s on my stomach, what I feel just as everyone else feels. I ain’t sayingyou wrong but I just telling you if you don’t fix it you going get hang. I ain’t saying you wrong because we here talking, talking and the people out there suffering, suffering and we don’t want to help and help.”

“I don’t care who come to help”

Meanwhile, Hon Vanterpool stated that he doesn’t care who comes to assist the Virgin Islands (VI) because the territory needs the help while noting that the parliamentary members are mainly focusing on who will make up the Recovery and Development Agency.

“I don’t care who come and help us, come and help us. I don’t care what agency you talk about, let them come. They have to spend the money here in the BVI. We have to make sure we have people that represent us but is that what it’s about or is it about getting help. Is it that what’s it about, the philosophical issue of who is on the board and who not on the board and who the chairman is and who the CEO is? Give me a break,” Hon Vanterpool said.

He continued, “Four hundred million dollars and you want me to tell them, contractors, out there and those truckers and all those people out there who wants to get jobs that you turn back $400 million to fix our schools, clinics etc. Madam Speaker, that’s not right. That’s not what we came in here for, we came here to help people but above that this ain’t no normal situation.”

Loan from the UK at a cheaper rate

Hon Vanterpool explained that the loan guarantee from the UK would be cheaper than the annual $25 million price tag as the territory would be able to receive the loans at a one percent interest rate.

The VI would have to pay an interest rate of 3.5 percent without the UK’s guaranteed loan.

“If we borrowed it at 3.5 percent from the Social Security Board or some other lending institution, we would have paid $129,000, 212 in interest. That’s the difference between a one percent rate and a 3.5 percent rate,” he explained to the House.

Furthermore, the Minister mentioned that his government will not borrow the entire £300 million or US$400 million all at once, adding that the territory will save millions if they accept the conditions of the loan guarantee.

The House of Assembly (HoA) is set to resume today, Monday, March 26, 2018, at 10:00 A.M.

35 Responses to “'You don’t help the people, we going to get hang' - Hon Vanterpool”

  • proof (26/03/2018, 09:41) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tell the premier show us the rest of the bill showing us we wouldn't get hang
  • ABC123 (26/03/2018, 09:56) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Put EVERYTHING on the tables...
  • Truth (26/03/2018, 09:57) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    We could use the 45m overrun on the ports project right about now
  • Beware (26/03/2018, 10:03) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    THIS IS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO TRIED TO INTRODUCE US TO MR.STANFORD
  • lodger (26/03/2018, 10:06) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wasnt Arthur Hodge the slave owner, hanged for killing one of his slaves?
  • stand your ground guys (26/03/2018, 10:06) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Please do not allow this country to be sold out for a fist full of dollars
  • same person who dried the kitty (26/03/2018, 10:08) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    This country was almost bankrupt and now he wants to bury us?
  • hurry dog eat raw meat (26/03/2018, 10:10) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    WE WONT BE BOUGHT OR SOLD......let's take our time and build back this country
  • Xxx (26/03/2018, 11:06) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    mark need to go sit down with his crocodile tears
  • worst (26/03/2018, 11:10) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mark is the worst thing to happen to these Virgin Islands; don't be fooled People!!
  • resident (26/03/2018, 11:35) Like (26) Dislike (40) Reply
    we would have more money if you guys didn't blow it all on the pier park, a useless wall around the highschool and an airline that never even flew
  • billyb (26/03/2018, 11:52) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    If you all had handled our money right in the first place we would not have been in desperate need of help, is time your Anguilla a** step aside, more indigenous Virgin Islanders need to step forward; I think I coming. You talking bout ask and it shall be given. You only give when you getting a cut. Ayo was reckless with our money and many of us still living Arthur Hodge days. You and your cronies trying ayo best to full ayo pocket and could care less who stay living in Arthur Hodge days. You so want your hand on that money, you and your cronies will sell us up the river to Richard Branson and his cronies. Noel Lloyd dem fight so hard to keep us from being slaves to these people and you hurry to get us back there talking bout you ain going back to Arthur Hodge. You are so right you not going back because by time you done, whether or not we get the loan, you and your cronies dem don set. You talking bout "hang" as if ayo ain spend the last two and a half years (Long before Irma) hanging us. I sure if you never learned anything from the Arthur Hodge days, you learn this: that hurry dog eat raw meat (then got terminally ill). Those contractors and truckers out there that you are talking about are the ones helping you and your cronies hide money under the table (that's why Public Works mash up now, because the contractors taking the work that PWD suppose to be doing and trafficking money into ayo pocket. I wid Delores......DON'T ACCEPT!!!!!
  • Stop playing.. (26/03/2018, 12:14) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    We need this help. Negotiate. Compromise. Get a deal.. Suffering is real. Situation is real. Money is our solution..
    • Taps shoulder (26/03/2018, 18:36) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Unless God be in the midst of this money isn't going to help. It's a spiritual battle. Those with good ears would hear.
  • Mark U making Sense (26/03/2018, 12:24) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    UK signing as backers. UK credit is at stake. The Agency is necessary.. What's the opposing option different to Social Security?
  • Not Quite (26/03/2018, 12:59) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Despite the legitimate concerns about not seeing the document or the appointment of the agency, people need to be reminded that the $300m-$400m price tag includes the $250m airport construction. Don't let them play on your emotions, as they are using this as their only way to access the money for that development.
    • @ Not quite. it will be a crime. (26/03/2018, 16:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      If they use this money to build airport that should be a crime. If the agency let them do that they will be criminals.. Can't see that happening.
      • quiet (27/03/2018, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I guess you have not been listening to HOA. It was stated in there that some of the funds will go to the airport project.
  • BVIslander (26/03/2018, 13:03) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    this is all outrageous...and stalling what time we need to improve and heal and rebuild...this bickering must stop ..the Loan must be accepted with its requirements and let us all get on with doing what has to be done.
  • facts man (26/03/2018, 13:08) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mark has no credibility
    • True (26/03/2018, 13:55) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      Mark had no credibility from day 1, what I can't figure out is why do people keep being fooled, why my people, why?
  • yes sa (26/03/2018, 14:37) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I'm over here trying to click like a million times for this one blog.

    "resident (26/03/2018, 11:35) Like (100,000,000,000,000,000) Dislike (0) Reply

    we would have more money if you guys didn't blow it all on the pier park, a useless wall around the highschool and an airline that never even flew"
  • Que? (26/03/2018, 14:42) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The top priority is crime, in particular murders, so stop wasting time talking about nonsense!!! Focus on this vexing issue, as it is eating away the country like a cancer.
  • Curly (26/03/2018, 16:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is ok saying don't take help but where will they get the money from. One suggestion is that they use funds from Social Security. You can kiss good bye to pensions if that is what happens. This is not the solution. The islands need help, it is not a time for arguing. There is nothing unusual about a loan coming with terms, we should be thankful of that to ensure monies are spent where needed and not on someones retaining wall!!!
  • mark my words (26/03/2018, 20:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think hanging has been abolished, but Most of you should have been up Balo by now. Only in the BVI ya'll could get away with your white collar crimes. I agree an election should be called right now, but be careful what you wish for, ya'll
    might bawl. We ready like Freddie for ya'll. A disgrace to the World. Never in the history of BVI politics our little Territory was faced with such a delima. Irma exposed ya'll. Out with the Old, In with the New. We need a fresh, competent, impeccable team who are capable without compromise of securing a bright future for our younger generations. Mark my words.
    • Lexus (27/03/2018, 03:43) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      And who has stepped up? Who will lead us through this challenging time? I'm not hearing about anyone new...and rookies clearly can't be trusted
  • Hmm (26/03/2018, 20:54) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    All UK have to do is pull the plug out cancle all election and take over the BVI
  • Diplomat (26/03/2018, 21:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hanging/capital murder was abolished in the BVI decades ago, did it not? Ok. Guess the MCW meant politicians will get hang at the polls if the political patronage purse is not flung wide open. Election is getting nigh and politicians are getting nervous and anxious with every fleeting minute. This focus gives credence to Frederick Douglass’: “Power cedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.” The territory is in crisis and the focus and priority should be charting a course to lead it out of crisis. In crisis, team members coalesce. This is lacking in the VI; the Vi is a divided nation; tribal politics has a choke hold on it. It is dangling over a fiscal cliff and if Virgin Islanders do not unite and soon, it will careen off the cliff into a fiscal abyss, a waste land.

    Virgin Islanders, we are not living a dream; the VI is living a reality. The VI is in crisis and needs strong unified leadership to lead it away from the fiscal cliff and out of crisis. Should the full HOA have been engaged in constructing the Recovery Plan? Yes. Nonetheless, protagonists and antagonists, if any, must come together and craft a workable and practical plan. This is not about neither NDP nor VIP; it is about the lives and the future of Virgin Islanders. Let’s leave egos at door.

    The BVI was battered by two monster catastrophic Cat 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, as well as being inundated by a historic flood. The weather systems destroyed facilities ( buildings, stuctures, utilities, infrastructure, equipment, impacted the economy, increased unemployment.........etc. The estimated recovery cost is $3, 600, 000, 000.00. This is a wak ah money. However, the BVI can only fund a small fraction of the recovery cost. It has to borrow the lion share of the recovery cost from either local or external sources. The UK offered to co-sign a loan for up to £300M ($403M). Nevertheless, the terms and conditions of accessing the loan unleashed a local firestorm. Government needs to extinguish this firestorm and put the territory on a fast track recovery plan. If the current leaders can’t get it done, dissolved the HOA and set soonest an election date. Let the people decide who they want to lead the VI out of crisis. The bottom line is action is needed and now.
  • 007 (26/03/2018, 21:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Country Above Self!!! 6 Months After Irma......
  • Trooper Ratt. (26/03/2018, 23:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will just rest this here. Read the last chapter of the VI Constitution. Ch.119.
  • WTF (27/03/2018, 11:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP Government already hang us. We are barely breathing by the grace of a good Good God. $$$$$millions hospital over run, airport, pier park, HS wall, $7.2 mil airline. I can go on and on with the atrocities that this NDP Government has committed against us the people of this small territory. If NDP were to dig up the money that they wasted and mishandled, we won't need to borrow money from SS, UK or Development Bank. Kudos to the representatives who had the guts to say, NO MAS!!!!! We are sick and tired of being sick and tired of Dr. Smith and his band of corrupt bandits. We are not taking their bs anymore. They will soon be gone.


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